pocket veto

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In the United States, before a bill that has passed the House and the Senate becomes a law the President must sign it. If he declines to sign a particular bill it automatically becomes law after ten congressional working days. However, if Congress adjourns before the required ten days have elapsed the bill is deemed not to have passed. The President has, in a sense, placed the bill in his pocket—thus a pocket veto.


Subjects: Politics.

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